Enchanted Book

From Minecraft Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search
Enchanted Book
Enchanted Book.png
Enchanted Book

Manufactured items







First appearances

See History

Data value

dec: 403 hex: 193 bin: 110010011



An enchanted book is an item which allows players to add enchantments to weapons, tools, or armor by combining the enchantment book with one of these items on an anvil. Enchanted books appear to be a book bound with a red ribbon and also have an enchanted effect. Enchanted books are single-use. In Survival, enchanted books are the only method to obtain certain enchantments, such as Silk Touch on shears. Enchanted books have a shine effect on their sprite.


Natural generation[edit]

Enchanted books can be found in chests located in dungeons, strongholds, desert temples, jungle temples and mineshafts. Enchantment probabilities are the same as a level 30 enchantment on an enchantment table, but the chance of multiple enchantments is not reduced.


Enchanted books can be obtained as a "treasure" item from fishing. There is a low chance of getting one.


Enchanted books can be bought from Librarian villagers for 5-64 emeralds as part of their tier 1, 4 and 5 trades. They may contain any enchantment.


Players can create an enchanted book by enchanting a book on an enchantment table. Enchanted books are single-use. Books are less "enchantable" than other materials, which reduces the probability of receiving some high-level enchantments. They are one of the easiest ways to get high level enchantments. This makes them pretty valuable.

Enchanting books can commonly have up to 5 unique enchantments. This item may have one tool enchantment, armor enchantment, sword enchantment, bow enchantment, and fishing enchantment on the same book.

Enchanted Book 4x.PNG

Rarely, similar enchantments are seen on the same book.

Similar enchantments.PNG


See also: Anvil mechanics

To use an enchanted book, the player must place an item in the first slot in an anvil, and a book in the next. In order to complete the enchantment, the player must have the required amount of experience. Note that using an enchanted book gets significant discounts at the anvil. In fact, combining a weak book with a powerful item can save enough levels for a player to also rename the item, and still pay less than if they renamed without the book.

Enchanted books themselves can be combined to create a single book with increased or multiple enchantments, much as when combining tools or weapons. Currently, this works even in survival mode. Multi-spell books can also be obtained by fishing. If a book is applied to an item which can't take all of its spells (consider a book with Thorns and Luck of The Sea), the appropriate spells are transferred, while (in survival mode) the unusable ones are lost.

Enchanted books do not exhibit their enchantment (e.g. hitting a mob with enchanted book of Sharpness will not do more damage).

Creative Mode[edit]

The player can enchant any block or item with any enchantment in creative mode. As a result, a pickaxe with Sharpness will do more damage, and a stick with Silk Touch can dig up grass blocks (once created, such a tool still works if the game is switched to Survival mode). The books can be found in their appropriate tabs (e.g Silk Touch in the Tools tab, Fire Aspect in the Weapons tab etc). If a block is enchanted, it will not have the purple effect seen on it as a resource if it is placed.

Survival Mode[edit]

Enchanted books can only be used with a limited set of items. Besides the usual targets for the various enchantments, they do allow applying some enchantments that can't be done at an enchantment table. This includes boosting enchantments such as Sharpness or Thorns to their maximum power, and the following special enchantments:

Enchantment Item Note
Silk Touch Shears Can obtain cobweb with Silk Touch
Thorns Diamond HelmetDiamond LeggingsDiamond Boots
Unbreaking Diamond Hoe
Flint and Steel
Diamond HelmetDiamond ChestplateDiamond LeggingsDiamond Boots Reduced effect
Sharpness Diamond Axe
Bane of Arthropods
See also: Enchantments


Official release
24 November, 2012 Dinnerbone stated that he wanted to add a way to enchant items in an anvil using paper at MineCon 2012.
6 December, 2012 Dinnerbone released the first image of enchanting a diamond sword using an enchanted book that has Looting II for 6 levels. He also stated that "this is the reason I originally added the anvil".[1]
1.4.6 12w49a Enchanted books added.
12w50a In Survival mode, enchanted books now can be used with limited kind of items. In Creative mode, they can still be used with any item. It was stated that the remaining functionality in Creative mode is intentional.[2][3]
Librarians can now trade enchanted books.
Enchanted books will now spawn in dungeons, abandoned mineshafts, strongholds and village chests.
1.4.6-pre Enchanted books are added to the Creative mode inventory.
1.5.1 13w11a The player can now combine enchanted books of the same level to create a higher level variation.
1.7.2 13w36a Enchanted books can be obtained by fishing as a 'treasure' item. It is possible for the book to have multiple enchantments.
1.7.2 13w39a When enchanting books, books can now gain multiple enchantments.
1.8 14w25a Enchanted book Depth Strider added, can go up to Level III and allows for faster underwater moving
Console Edition
TU14 Added enchanted books.

Issue list[edit]

Issues relating to "Enchanted Book" are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.


  • In Creative mode, "combining" a regular book with an enchanted book on an anvil, will enchant the book like any other miscellaneous item, not promote it to an enchanted book.
  • Enchanted books can put enchantments previously impossible to get on a few other items, but enchantments will only work on tools, armor, and weapons, and some enchantments are item-specific. Enchantment restrictions are lifted in Creative mode, and unusually-enchanted items created this way remain useful in Survival mode.
  • Enchanted books and potions take up the most amount of space in the creative mode inventory.
  • When obtained through the /give command, the enchanted book will have no attached enchantments, but will still shine as if it is enchanted.



External links[edit]